Dear Walmart

Showings

Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 1 Fri, May 3 8:30 PM
Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 1 Sat, May 4 4:15 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Genre:Justice Matters
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Kiley Kraskouskas
Michael Blain

Description

Some workers love retail; it has its satisfactions. All they want is for retail to love them back, in the form of a living wage, affordable healthcare, a safe workplace, and respect. OURWalmart (OUR, Organization United for Respect) was begun in 2011 by a few brave workers at the world’s largest private employer, many of whose two million-strong “family” live near the poverty line. Alone at first, and ultimately with the help of established union veterans, they used word of mouth to gain hundreds of members and unite them in training sessions that double as morale boosters, all done in secret. Dear Walmart (not entirely ironically titled) is an ultimately upbeat story of their personal empowerment and their first victory, a $9-per-hour minimum wage for some 500,000 people. But this win was followed by the retaliatory closure of five Walmart stores, a huge loss of jobs. Expect a sequel.—Judy Bloch